Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Staffing Way Behind with Secretary’s Confirmation Crawl SHARE SHARE By Andy Eubank – Apr 18, 2017 Facebook Twitter Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for April 19, 2017Next articleHAT Wednesday Morning Edition 4/19/2017 Andy Eubank USDA staffingThe Trump Administration could finally have a Secretary of Agriculture in place as early as next week when it goes before the Senate, but following former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s final confirmation there will be a lot of catching up to do. There isn’t expected to be much of a challenge for Perdue, but Jon Doggett at the National Corn Growers Association says there are hundreds of other politically appointed positions that must then be filled.“He will be one of the last if not the last cabinet secretary that will be confirmed, but the administration needs to name a deputy secretary, 7 under-secretaries, 2 assistant secretaries, and the list goes on and on,” Doggett said. “There’re about 15 positions at USDA that need to be named by the President and then confirmed by the Senate, and there is a total of about 240 USDA positions that are political positions that need to be named by the administration. Right now we have one, and that person has not yet been confirmed, so we’re way, way, way behind schedule.”Will some of those appointments be from Indiana leadership? Some think so, so we’ll closely watch the dominoes fall.The Perdue delay also has stalled talks concerning current farm bill programs and the next farm bill. Doggett says the sooner 2018 Farm Bill discussions get underway the better because negotiations could be the toughest for a farm bill yet.“There is a lot of need out there and we are going to be going into this situation where the government doesn’t have much money,” he said. “The federal debt is about an extra $4 trillion by the time we get to this next farm bill than when we were starting off the last farm bill, so it’s going to be tough to get the money to do this bill right. Risk management is the thing we hear over and over again from our members, and that is they need the ability to manage risk. That will be crop insurance and that would be either the ARC program or PLC program or something like those kinds of programs to be available for growers.”It remains to be seen how quickly the Trump Administration will move on filling out the Department of Agriculture roster once Perdue is confirmed. His confirmation hearing before the Senate is slated for April 24th. Facebook Twitter USDA Staffing Way Behind with Secretary’s Confirmation Crawl
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Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan jailed a 21-year-old Kitty, Georgetown, resident who admitted that he robbed a female of her cellular phone and cash.Michael English appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he faced a charge which stated that on February 21, 2019, at Water Street, Georgetown, in the company of another, he robbed Nasha Kumar of $171,000 along with an iPhone valued $100,000.After the charge was read to him, English admitted to the offence. In a plea of mitigation, he told the Magistrate that he committed the act out of desperation since he has debts and a newborn baby to provide for.“I owe a man some money, so I decided to snatch the bag and run away, and I get a child that born the other day,” he stated.Police Prosecutor, David Goodman informed the court that the Virtual Complainant was heading to the Stabroek Market when English approached her and snatched her purse. The VC raised an alarm after which English was apprehended by the Police officer.The stolen articles were recovered from his possession. As such, the Magistrate jailed English for nine months.
Daniel and Kristina.Daniel O’Donnell is to be immortalised in bronze in a Co Mayo village.The singer is to be honoured in the well-known village of Cong where a cast of his hands are to be placed on a wall.The ceremony, which will take place next summer, will see the 53 year old given the Freedom of Cong accolade. He’ll be the third person to receive the award.Both Ryan Tubridy and former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh have also been honoured.WHERE DID IT ALL GO ‘CONG’ FOR OUR DANIEL? was last modified: October 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
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Beginning with a small group of users, Facebook has been testing six different versions of this tool to determine what works best. Based on feedback from the group, the testing tool will be refined to a final version before all the changes are made available to the entire network. However, since the recent post made no mention of a timeline for these changes, the implication is that these new updates are not going live just yet. Instead, the post was merely setting the stage for what’s to come. Why Facebook Cares About PrivacyIt’s good to see Facebook taking the issue of privacy seriously. Although it’s easy to blame the user for over-sharing and then having to deal with harsh consequences like job loss or even, remarkably, the loss of health-care benefits by sharing some items too publicly, at the end of the day, affected users will not blame themselves, they will blame Facebook. And those reading these “social network horror stories” in the media could ultimately become too afraid to post to the site, leading to a less active user base, or worse – users deleting their accounts. Privacy issues are bad news for Facebook, just as they were bad news for MySpace back when they were king. For years, there were so many news stories about sexual predators on MySpace that eventually the public perception of MySpace was that the network wasn’t very safe. Instead of going that route and allowing the media stories about Facebook blunders to control the network’s public image, these privacy changes are designed to preempt the missteps and mistakes the not-so-savvy user base may make by making Facebook privacy simpler and more refined while also more representative of the large network Facebook has become. ReadWriteWeb’s Best Of Lists for 2009:Top 10 Mobile Web Products of 2009Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2009To be continued… Also check out ReadWriteWeb’s ongoing series on the top products of 2009:Top 10 Mobile Web Products of 2009Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2009Change #1: No More Regional Networks Over the years, Facebook has grown from a tightly closed social network designed for connecting college students to an entirely open network which anyone and everyone can join. At first, Facebook’s privacy model revolved around “networks” – communities for your school, your region, or your company. “This worked well when Facebook was mostly used by students,” Zuckerberg writes, “since it made sense that a student might want to share content with their fellow students.” Over time, the company added more networks, including some for entire countries. But now, thanks to Facebook’s ever-growing popularity, these “regional” networks have grown so large that some have millions of members. The problem with networks of this size when it comes to privacy is that people who had opted in to sharing content with their network (via the setting share with my “networks and friends”) were inadvertently be sharing personal updates with far more people than they intended to. To address this issue, Facebook demoted cities and regions from being considered networks although the information still exists in user profiles, listed under “Current City” and/or “Current Region.” This update isn’t exactly news – the company revealed their plans to remove regional networks back in July of this year. Zuckerberg’s mentioning of this update seems to be more of a confirmation that indeed, this process is underway, than any sort of major announcement about a new direction for Facebook. Change #2: Control Who Sees Each Piece of Individual Content You Add or UploadA second privacy update involves Facebook’s plans to allow its users more control over individual pieces of content uploaded or added to the social network. This control will be implemented on a per-post basis through a mechanism dubbed the “Publisher Privacy Control.” Simply put, this change adds a new feature to the publisher box on Facebook – aka the status update box. From here, Facebook users post their status, upload photos and videos, and share links. At the moment, when you click the “Share” button, who sees that content is governed by settings tucked away under a cavalcade of menus (Settings -> Privacy Settings -> Profile -> Status and Links.)With the the upcoming Publisher Control functionality, already in beta testing, a new button featuring an image of lock will appear beneath the status update box. Click on this button and you’ll be able to choose precisely who is allowed to see that update or other piece of content (“everyone,” “friends,” “friends of friends,” etc.) Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Change #3: A Simplified Privacy PageFacebook’s granular privacy controls have always been sort of a blessing and curse for the social network. Although savvy users could drill down into each individual setting and adjust it to their needs, the majority of the site’s users don’t even know where these settings are, much less how to change them or to what. The problem, as noted above, is that many of the privacy settings are buried in a series of complex menus. Even if you can find the Privacy Page, the drop-down boxes and their lists of choices stump average users who aren’t sure what a setting like “my networks and friends” really means. To make privacy simpler, Facebook’s controls will be changed to permit sharing with three groups: “only friends,” “friends of friends,” or “everyone.” In addition, the Privacy Page itself will be simplified to combine some settings which currently overlap. This, too, was announced in July. Although neither post details specifically what settings will be combined, a quick glance at the Privacy Page allows for some speculation. Perhaps the “basic info” and “personal info” boxes will become one? There really isn’t that much distinction between the two, despite what their names imply. For example, “basic” information includes what many consider “personal” information such as birthday, hometown, and religious views. Meanwhile, the so-called “personal” information setting controls more innocuous content like favorite books and movie. The “Photos Tagged of You” and the “Videos Tagged of You” settings also seem like worthy contenders for combination. It seems that you’re either okay with people seeing content you’ve been tagged in by others or you’re not. Whether that’s a photo or video doesn’t really matter to most. However, these are just guesses, mind you – until the update goes live, there’s no way to tell what will and will not be changed. How the Transition Will OccurAlthough not mentioned by name in Zuckerberg’s blog post, the July post mentioned a new “Transition Tool” that would be rolled out to users to aid them in configuring the new settings. This is likely what Zuckerberg was referring to when he noted that “we’ll suggest settings for you…” With the Transition Tool, users are prompted to pick from different privacy level options like “open,” “recommended,” or “limited.” According to the recent post, the recommended settings will be based on your current level of privacy but you’ll be able to read through the other options to make changes if you so desire. In a late night post on Facebook’s company blog, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a round of upcoming changes that will affect all users of the social network. Specifically, the changes focus on new privacy controls for information sharing. For those who have been following Facebook closely, the announcement doesn’t deliver any new information, it only confirms some previously discussed plans. However, for Facebook’s user base, now 350 million strong, the updates represent a major overhaul as to how privacy is handled on the site. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#Features#news#NYT#social networks#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE Board Insulation“I built a double-stud in 1980 and have never regretted it,” Klingel writes. “New house will be the same, but thicker, and with dense-packed cellulose instead of fiberglass.”“A double stud with a plywood exterior and interior poly and ADA [the Airtight Drywall Approach] will work,” Rooks says.GBA senior editor Martin Holladay doesn’t push the double-stud option, but he does point Olofsson toward a number of GBA articles that have been written on the topic (see the “Related Articles” sidebar). Deciphering Canadian codesMalcolm Taylor writes that the British Columbia building code allows an “airtight drywall air barrier” instead of polyethylene. “Illustrated details covering all aspects of the approach can be found in the Building Envelope Guide for Houses published by the Homeowner Protection Office, which is a Provincial Government department,” he says.But to Holladay, there seems to be some confusion in the codes over the roles that air and vapor barriers play in a wall assembly. “I can’t help but shake my head at the inconsistency in the BC code,” Holladay says. “Do code officials think that polyethylene is a vapor retarder or an air barrier? If they think it is a vapor retarder, then the Airtight Drywall Approach is no substitute. To retard the flow of vapor, you need vapor-retarder paint. The airtightness of the drywall is irrelevant.“If they think it is an air barrier, I wonder whether they require airtight installation details for all installations of poly in the province? For example, do they verify that the poly seams are sealed over framing members with Tremco acoustical sealant? Do they verify that all electrical boxes are airtight boxes? If they do, bless them. However, I doubt that they do. I think it’s far more likely that the building inspectors have no idea whether the poly they insist on is supposed to be a vapor retarder or an air barrier.”Taylor says he can’t speak to how the code is enforced in the province as a whole, but at least on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland, inspectors “insist on meticulously sealed poly.”“All seams, the joint between poly and lower plate and plate and subfloor all must have generous amounts of acoustic sealant,” he says. “Gasketed electrical boxes are also required.”In Ontario, adds Lucas Durand, there’s apparently a little more flexibility. “For the house that I am building for myself,” he says, “I have gone with taped 1/2-in. plywood for both air barrier and vapor retarder (and racking resistance). There was some initial skepticism from my inspector but it didn’t take that long to convince her — I am lucky she has been open-minded.” Creating sensible regulationsSome of the material in the Canadian publication gives Holladay reason to wonder whether government officials really understand the science behind code requirements. “As is often the case,” he writes, “this is an example of government bureaucrats enforcing regulations that are based on an incomplete understanding of the relevant scientific principles.”While that could very well be true, Olofsson’s potential tussle with local officials could have an upside. “The nice thing about your questions is that it is exposing that you can move the envelope quality in your area forward,” Rooks says. “The code seems to allow enough room for well planned modification. Lucas points out a few more methods towards improved assemblies. They are all great when executed correctly.“There is no shortcut to a ‘quality envelope.’ Plan on it being more cost and work. I think it’s the only sensible thing to do.” Erik Olofsson is planning a small house in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Ideally, he’d like to get the walls close to R-40. The question is how.“Seeing that the received opinion around GBA is the tandem of polyethylene sheeting and exterior rigid foam is not ideal, what do the builders on this site recommend?” he asks in a post at the GBA Q&A forum. “Larsen trusses seem fairly labor-intensive and rigid foam is expensive … Is a double-stud wall the answer?”A complication is a local building code that apparently calls for a polyethylene vapor barrier on the warm side of the insulation. Although once a common building technique, it’s no longer universally accepted by building scientists as the best practice in all climates. Many builders have abandoned the use of interior polyethylene, even as some building inspectors continue to insist on it.Olofsson’s quest for high performance at a reasonable cost, while solving the riddle of air and vapor barriers, is the topic of this month’s Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:The reason Martin Holladay and I nearly always agree on building science questions is that we both have studied under/worked with some of the best: Joe Lstiburek, John Straube, Terry Brennan, Bill Rose, Anton TenWolde.And one of the reasons there is still such confusion on basic heat transfer and moisture flow is that too many building inspectors and code officials have not.Is this silly or what?The highest priority in moisture management is bulk water: how many building inspectors check the connections between the water-resistive barrier and flashings at penetrations for continuity?The next highest priority in moisture management is capillary water: how many building inspectors check for capillary breaks between porous building components?The next priority is air-transported moisture: how many building inspectors require qualitative and quantitative information from blower-door tests?But by gosh, almost every building inspector insists on and inspects the “warm-in-winter-side” vapor retarder, by far the least important wetting mechanism in nearly all buildings and climates.And we should not be worried about the vapor permeability of just that one dedicated layer in terms of wetting, but the vapor permeability of ALL layers in terms of drying. (For more information, see my Vapor Profile blog.)GBA has a series of great resources on vapor retarders and air barriers and their differences. Use your GBA project folders, make one for your building inspector(s), and fill it up with building science reading for them! RELATED ARTICLES Double-stud walls a good optionDouble-stud walls are designed to provide lots of exterior wall volume for insulation while sharply reducing thermal bridging. John Klingel and Albert Rooks are among those who think that building double-stud walls is a good approach. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Or consider 2×6 framingRooks also offers an alternative for Olofsson to consider. “Another good quality wall is a 2×6 standard frame with taped plywood or OSB exterior + WRB [water-resistant barrier] + 4 in. to 6 in. of high-density mineral wool,” he says. “It will eliminate cold sheathing and rim-joist bridging while allowing the use of a service cavity in the stud bays.”A key detail of all of these recommendations is that a polyethylene vapor barrier isn’t necessary. In the case of the wall assembly suggested by Rooks, the OSB or plywood sheathing becomes the “air/vapor control layer.”“Use a rainscreen detail, good air sealing, and ventilation,” Rooks adds. “I’m a fan of mineral wool because it doesn’t settle, doesn’t rot even if continually wetted, is fireproof, won’t support mold or bugs. It’s like a little piece if the Canadian Rockies (since it’s made of Canadian Basalt) covering your house, and near as durable.”Holladay, too, think there are alternatives to the polyethylene required by local codes. “You might want to negotiate with your local building inspector,” he says. “Many inspectors will accept MemBrain or vapor-retarder paint as an alternative to interior poly.” Podcast:Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers Double-stud wallsChoosing a High-Performance Wall AssemblyChoosing the Right Wall Assembly (2013)Choosing the Right Wall Assembly (2015) Is Double Stud-Wall Construction the Path to Efficiency on a Budget?Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks! Q&A: Airtight Sheathing and Thermally Isolated Double-Stud WallsSix Proven Ways to Build Energy-Smart Walls
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Aaron Ramsey ‘very happy’ with first Juventus goal: A beautiful momentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey was delighted to score in victory at Hellas Verona yesterday.It marked the former Arsenal star’s first goal for the Bianconeri.He told TMW: “I am very happy to have scored my first goal and it was even more important to bring these three points home. “Differences between Serie A and Premier League? I think it will take a few games to figure it out. For now I am happy for today, it was a beautiful moment for me. “My favourite position on the pitch? The one in which I played today, as a number 8. A box to box midfielder.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
clemson fans orange bowl ticketsClemson, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff, hasn’t had the chance to play for a national title in a very long time. As such, we imagine that the gift you’ll see below is a popular one in Tigers fans’ homes Friday morning.The Piedmonts apparently came up with a clever way to give a member of the family her Christmas present. When she opened an orange bowl, it signified that she’d be attending next week’s Orange Bowl contest between Clemson and Oklahoma. Of course, tears flowed.The video was posted by Greg Piedmont on YouTube. Check it out:Will there be more tears of joy after a win? We’ll find out in less than a week.
North Sound (Antigua): Wriddhiman Saha will begin his reintegration after a major shoulder injury with his first first-class game in 18 months when India A take on West Indies A in an unofficial Test starting on Wednesday. Wriddhiman and Hanuma Vihari the two Test specialists who have been included in the A squad to prepare for the two-Test series starting late August. Wriddhiman, who is only three months shy of his 35th birthday, is returning after a career-threatening injury that many believe has been completely mismanaged at the National Cricket Academy. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt will not be out of place to label his comeback ‘Wriddhiman 3.0’ with the keeper-batsman beginning everything from the scratch, something that is not easy in the mid 30s. Having stayed under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s shadow for the better part, Wriddhiman was finding his mojo in a injury-ridden career but the injury during the last IPL was a massive blow. With Rishabh Pant proving his credentials with centuries in England and Australia, it’s again that phase in his career where he could be seen wearing the orange or green bib and rushing with the towel and energy drink during breaks. The teamman that he is, Wriddhiman will do it without batting an eyelid but the question that crops up is what exactly will be left for him post West Indies tour, when India play twin series against South Africa and Bangladesh at home.